What do you want kids to do with technology?

    Hmmm… I think sometimes technology HAS to be a learning outcome. Learning to print, handwrite, use a calculator… students did not learn these skills by osmosis, why should we expect them to become adept at using particular tech tools all by themselves? Sometimes this happens, often it does not. I have seen enough bad PowerPoints (and Photo Stories and… insert name of tool) to be able to say confidently that sometimes we do need to “teach the tool”.
    I think I agree with the overall sentiment though… if the only things we are doing are from the left side, if students are not moving beyond the tool to accomplish the deeper learning and thinking on the right, well that’s a problem. But never looking at how to use the tools we have in a sophisticated, effective way can also be a problem.


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